Cullowhee, N.C. – As Western Carolina’s 2019 fall camp continued to roll along Thursday morning with practice No. 6 – a workout in full pads – so did the preseason accolades for the Catamounts’ dual-threat quarterback. Redshirt senior Tyrie Adams tallied his third preseason All-America honor entering 2019, this coming from Phil Steele and DraftScout.com.
Previously dubbed third-team All-America at quarterback by STATS FCS and second-team as an all-purpose athlete by HERO Sports, Adams again landed on the third-team offense in the Phil Steele 2019 Preseason FCS All-America team. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native adds to his litany of preseason accolades that included him landing on the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award initial watch list for a second-straight season.
Adams was joined by seven other players from the Southern Conference on the preseason All-America squad including three – senior DL Nasir Player of ETSU, Furman K Grayson Atkins, and Wofford senior OL Justus Basinger – on the first-team. Chattanooga senior WR Bryce Nunnelly and Furman LB Adrian Hope were second-team selections while ETSU DB Tyree Robinson joined Adams on the third team. ETSU tailback Quay Holmes rounded out the league’s honorees on the fourth team.
Entering the season ranked second in the WCU record books in total offense (9,389 yds) and career passing yards (7,279 yds), the fifth-year senior is poised to shatter both records in 2019. He ranks 11th in program history with 2,110 career yards after rushing for a SoCon-leading 1,006 yards in 2018.
Following suit from the 2019 SoCon Media Day, Adams was also tabbed preseason first-team all-conference at QB and the league’s top offensive player by the same publication which named its preseason All-SoCon team. He was joined on the first-team offense by junior TE Owen Cosenke and first-team defense by sophomore Ronald Kent Jr. Junior Daquan Patten collected second-team plaudits both on offense as a wide receiver and special teams as a punt returner with Charles McDonough earning a second-team nod at long-snapper.
Rounding out the Catamounts on the Phil Steele Preseason All-SoCon team were senior RB Connell Young and redshirt senior WR Nate Mullen on the third-team offense, while junior LB Ty Harris and sophomore DL Adam Henderson were both dubbed third-team defense.
Western Carolina opens the 2019 season at home against Southern Conference foe, Mercer, on Labor Day weekend with kickoff set for 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 31. All fans are encouraged to wear purple for the “Purple Out” at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field with postgame fireworks to again illuminate the western North Carolina sky following the game. The fireworks extravaganza is presented by Ingles and iHeartRadio partners, 99.9 FM Kiss Country and Star 104.3.
Both single-game and season tickets for Western Carolina’s six-game 2019 home schedule are on sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU, and online at CatamountSports.com.
2019 Catamount Football Preseason Practice Schedule:
Fri., Aug. 9 – Practice #7 – 9:45 – 11:45 am (shells)
Sat., Aug. 10 – Practice #8 (scrimmage) – 2:30 – 4:30 pm (full pads)
Preseason Facebook LIVE with Mark Speir, presented by Stanberry Insurance (5:00 – 6:00 pm)
Sun., Aug. 11 – Victory Day – 2:00 – 3:45 pm
Mon., Aug. 12 – Practice #9 – 9:45 – 11:45 am (shells)
Tues., Aug. 13 – Practice #10 – 9:45 – 11:45 am (full pads)
Wed., Aug. 14 – Practice #11 – 9:45 – 11:45 am (shells)
Thurs., Aug. 15 – Practice #12 – 9:45 – 11:45 am (full pads)
Fri., Aug. 16 – No Practice – WCU Freshman Move-In Day
Sat., Aug. 17 – Practice #13 (scrimmage) – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (full pads)
Sun., Aug. 18 – Practice #14 – 1:45 – 3:15 pm (shells)
Mon., Aug. 19 – No Practice – First Day of Classes
* Practice times are subject to change
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